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Potato News from Washington DC

15 Major U.S. Companies Pledge 50 Percent Reduction in Food Loss and Waste
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the inaugural class of the US Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions. These Champions pledge concrete steps to reduce food loss and waste in their operations 50% by 2030.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Market Basket Survey: US Food prices down 8% compared to last year, but potatoes slightly more expensive
Lower retail prices for several foods, including eggs, whole milk, cheddar cheese, chicken breast, sirloin tip roast and ground chuck resulted in a decrease in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Fall Harvest Marketbasket Survey. However, potato prices were up slightly.
New Marketing and Communication leadership at the National Restaurant Association
In its ongoing efforts to promote the invaluable role of America's one million restaurants, the National Restaurant Association today announced two new executive leaders in their marketing and communications departments, Deb Billow and Steve Danon.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack: Rural America Is Back In Business
Op-Ed by the United States Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas J. Vilsack, on the developments in rural America.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
SNAC International Praises Congress for Passage of GMO Labeling Bill
Today, the House of Representatives passed S. 764, the Roberts-Stabenow Agreement, with bipartisan support. Tom Dempsey, President & CEO, SNAC International praised the membership for their hard work in getting this legislation passed.
Innate potatoes on a cutting board, showing no discoloration.
Last Thursday, the United States Senate has passed, by a vote of 63 to 30, a bill that would create a national standard for labeling food made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
GMO Labeling Compromise ready for US Senate to consider
A landmark Senate agreement on national disclosure standards for genetically engineered foods would allow companies to disclose GMO ingredients through digital codes rather than on-package language or symbols.
Congress is pushing the Agriculture Department to exempt groups such as Potatoes USA from the Freedom of Information Act
Congress is pushing the Agriculture Department to exempt groups such as Potatoes USA (formerly known as the United States Potato Board) from public scrutiny of their internal operations (Freedom of Information Act).
National Potato Council to offer Scholarship for Graduate Student Advancing the Potato Industry
The National Potato Council (NPC) will award one $10,000 academic scholarship to honor a graduate student (Master’s degree or higher) working to improve the future of the US potato industry.
Climate change: 2015 was the warmest year on record by far
NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that according their independent analyses, Earth's surface temperatures in 2015 were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880.
Thursday, January 21, 2016